an uncontrolled fight or crowd of people
melee - brawl
The word ‘melee’ is used to describe a fight or brawl involving a number of people, or a large, uncontrolled crowd. In both cases, it emphasizes the element of chaos and confusion which also brings with it an increased sense of danger and unpredictability.
A few angry words were exchanged in the bar and next thing I know a melee erupted involving a number of different people.
Thousands of protesters swarmed onto the streets and I lost sight of my brother in the melee.
Bottles and rocks were thrown during the riot, and many were injured in the melee.